Calista by Time and Tide Brewing

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Beer Name: Calista IPA

Brewer: Time and Tide Brewing, Deal, Kent, London, UK

Date Sampled: 31st December 2016

ABV: 6.1%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

As the year draws to a close, many people turn to reflections on the previous twelve months, to lessons learned. Well I can tell you what mine is.... always check the canning/bottling or best before dates when buying hoppy beers!

I picked this can up about two weeks ago but for various reasons I hadn't yet had a chance to try it out. Still I thought, even though it says to drink fresh on the can, how long could the shop have had it prior to me buying it? Well when I noticed that the best before date was less than three weeks away, I feared the worse... and these fears were confirmed when Time and Tide replied to my tweet. This can of beer was around five and a half months old!

I'll admit to being left feeling slightly crestfallen at this point. I had loved my only other Time and Tide beer (the amazing Kraken Coffee Stout) and didn't want to have a review compromised by a beer not at it's best.

Well I was actually pleasantly surprised. There's no doubt that in the glass it looks lovely. If you follow the instructions and leave the last few drops in the can then it has only a slight murk to it, with a lovely cotton coloured head that does a decent job of hanging around. With a reasonable amount of carbonation and a medium body it has a satisfying mouth feel.

The nose had a pineapple sweetness to it, along with cut grass and a resinous pine.

Despite being over five months old it drank very well; there was a grapefruit tartness to it and the pine carried through nicely from the nose. Then the finish brings a nice level of dry bitterness.

It may not have been at it's best but this can of Calista was still a very tasty IPA and I'll make sure that I try it fresher sometime in 2017.

So Time and Tide are two from two in terms of reviews, I look forward to trying more of their beers as soon as possible, especially their Double Stout as that sounds right up my street!

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